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Modelling the Criminal Lifestyle 

Theorizing at the Edge of Chaos

  • Presents Walters's fourth evolution of lifestyle theory, introducing the concept of criminal thought content to advance our understanding criminal behaviour

  • Offers sociologists and psychologists an alternative to traditional views on crime and offenders

  • Includes relevant guidance for clinical and correctional psychologists, social workers, probation and parole officers, and court workers


Part of the Palgrave's Frontiers in Criminology Theory book series (FCRT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Glenn D. Walters
    Pages 27-51
  3. Glenn D. Walters
    Pages 53-74
  4. Glenn D. Walters
    Pages 115-151
  5. Glenn D. Walters
    Pages 153-182
  6. Glenn D. Walters
    Pages 183-208
  7. Glenn D. Walters
    Pages 209-243
  8. Glenn D. Walters
    Pages 275-294
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 295-301

About this book


This book offers Walters's latest evolution of criminal lifestyle theory. It introduces the concept of criminal thought content to illustrate how the potential interplay between what offenders think and their thought processes can greatly aid our understanding of both crime and criminals. In this new study on criminal behaviour, Walters calls for criminological theory to be placed within a broader scientific context, and provides us with several key models which embrace constructs from numerous important theories including: the general theory of crime, social cognitive and social learning theories, general strain theory, psychopathic personality theories of crime, and labelling theory.

Another unique aspect of this work is that it places lifestyle theory within a larger scientific framework, namely, nonlinear dynamical systems theory or chaos. Seven principles from chaos theory are used to explain relationships and processes central to lifestyle theory and Walters uses this to draw conclusions on what affects criminal decision-making and desistance from crime. Highly original and innovative in scope, this book will be useful to practitioners and scholars of criminal justice alike, with chapters focussed on decision-making, assessment, and intervention.


psychopathy psychology and crime lifestyle approach sociology and crime causes of crime assessment intervention personality social cognitive theory statistical models integration restorative justice criminal decision-making

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Kutztown UniversityKutztownUSA

About the authors

Glenn D. Walters is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA, where he teaches classes on offender management, research methods, criminology, and substance abuse and crime. Dr Walters has published over 250 articles and book chapters and has authored or co-authored 18 books and edited collections.

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